San Francisco Campaign Consultant Ordinance, Proposition F (November 2011)

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A San Francisco Campaign Consultant Ordinance, Proposition F is on the November 8, 2011 ballot for voters in San Francisco.

Proposition F is a proposed modification of a ballot measure San Francisco voters approved in 1997 that sets reporting rules for all local political consultants. Under the 1997 law, consultants are required to register if they earn $1,000 or more a year on political consulting. Under Proposition F, consultants would not have to file until they reach the threshold of $5,000 in annual consulting income. Additionally, under Proposition F, consultants would have to file monthly reports and the San Francisco Ethics Commission would have the option of requiring electronic filing.[1]

The San Francisco Ethics Commission, which is in charge of administering rules governing political consultants, asked for the changes.

Election results

San Francisco Proposition F
Approveda Yes 55,811 54.67%
Election results are from the San Francisco elections office as of 9:47 p.m. PST on November 8, 2011.


The proposed changes are opposed by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Ammiano drafted the 1997 law. In a ballot argument opposing Proposition F, Ammiano says that it "authorizes the Ethics Commission to make changes without voter[ing] the door to mischief from ... the Ethics Commission."[1]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

PROPOSITION F: "Shall the City amend its campaign consultant ordinance to redefine “campaign consultant;” require campaign consultants to file monthly reports; authorize the City’s Ethics Commission to require electronic filing instead of paper reports; change the calculation of City fees campaign consultants must pay; and allow the City to change any of the ordinance’s requirements without further voter approval while still permitting voters to make additional changes?"[2]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 San Francisco Chronicle, "Props. E, F let officials change laws voters pass", September 25, 2011
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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